Drystone dyking training day

Castletown Heritage Society operates the Castlehill Heritage Centre as an educational resource for visitors, local students and school children and the local community. Through a programme of interpretive exhibitions and interactive workshops, we seek to stimulate and sustain interest in and understanding of the history, heritage, vernacular skills, biodiversity and physical environment of Castletown and the parish of Olrig. Our aim is to preserve and maintain the unique heritage of our community within both local Caithness and broader Highland contexts.

To see events and activities from previous years, click here:

2012 2013 2015

Guided village walk

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2017

All events take place in Castlehill Heritage Centre unless otherwise stated

Event detail colour key - those highlighted in GREEN are confirmed, those in GREY are yet to be confirmed

(Completed 2017 events in BLUE at bottom of listing)

REGULAR EVENTS

Monday evenings

7 - 9pm

Castlehill Artists

Our very popular painting workshop with Helen Moore.

Sessions run from 7pm - 9pm on Monday evenings at a cost of £8 per evening plus materials. Juniors and OAPs £5. Beginners are especially welcome

To find out more and register interest, click HERE

22 Feb - Apr

Open every Wed, Sat and Sun afternoon from 2pm to 4pm

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches

Our current themed exhibition explores the rites of passage through life and features a wide range of artefacts and ephemora from our extensive collection of items. From christening gowns, wedding dresses and bier stretchers, to stories of growing up and old in Castletown and Olrig parish.

To find out more click HERE

FORTHCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS IN 2017

Wed 1 Mar

7.309pm

Evening Talk - Highland Railway Memories

John Macdonald started his career as a signalman at Georgemas in 1956, later working at Perth, Blair Athol, Aviemore, Beauly and the Kyle line. John's illustrated talk will include memories of how the railway worked in the age of steam and the transition to the first diesel engines. Includes some rare images taken by an engine driver in Helmsdale on probably the last goods train under steam.

To find out more and register interest, click HERE

Sat 11 Mar

10am - 3pm

Caithness Chair Workshop

We have received several enquiries over the years for information about the vernacular Caithness Chair. Fortunately we have a good surviving example in our artefacts collection, which has prompted us into running a hands-on traditional skills workshop focused on the manufacture and repair of these iconic chairs.

The workshop will be led by experienced furniture maker Catherine Macleod, who will introduce the iconic Caithness Chair and demonstrate various techniques used in its manufacture.

Admission £5. Participants should bring own packed lunch. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.

To find out more and register interest, click HERE

Tue 25 April

7.30pm

Castletown Heritage Society AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Castletown Heritage Society will be held in the Castlehill Heritage Centre on Tuesday 22 April at 7.30pm.

All members, friends and associates welcome.

Guest speaker for the evening will be Muriel Murray, who will pose the question - What ever happened to Janet Oal?

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served thereafter.

To find out more and register interest, click HERE

Sat 6, 13 and 20 May

10am - 12am

Pottery Workshops

We will be running a series of three hands-on traditional skills pottery workshops in May.

To find out more and register interest, click HERE

Summer date to be advised

Foraging Workshop

Ever tried brander bread flavoured with rowan berries and honey cooked in the embers of a camp fire, washed down with birch needle tea? No? You don't know what you are missing!

Join us on our hands-on workshop exploring sources of food occurring naturally within our local environment. Participants will be guided in the gathering of edible foodstuffs by an experienced foraging expert, and will then prepare delicious and nutricious recipies!

Watch this space for further details! To find out more and register interest, click HERE

Summer date to be advised

10th Anniversary Celebrations

This year we will celebrate 10 action packed years since we completed the conversion of some redundant farm buildings at Castlehill into Castlehill Heritage Centre.

Join us later this year in celebrating how from humble beginnings the Centre has gone from strength to strength. Highlights have included a visit by HRH The Duke of Rothsay!

Learn more about our future plans! Watch this space for further details!

To find out more and register interest, click HERE

Summer date to be advised

Sea Themed Workshop

A one day participative workshop on various activities associated with the sea - such as rope making, driftwood sculpture, fish smoking, net making, and inshore rowing.

Full details to follow, but to find out more and register interest, click HERE

Later in year

Date to be confirmed

Glass Craft Workshop

A unique opportunity to learn the art of 'Lampworking' glass in this hands-on traditional skills workshop. The workshop will be led by local award winning glass artist and master craftsman Ian Pearson, of Glass Creations, Thurso.

Full details to follow, but to find out more and register interest, click HERE

COMPLETED 2016 EVENTS

Nov - Feb

Open every Wed, Sat and Sun afternoon from 2pm to 4pm

Winter Exhibition - Life At Home

A fascinating exhibition illustrating everyday life at home in Castletown in by-gone times. Featuring artefacts from the Society's extensive collection of objects, appliances, tools, furniture, photographs, newspapers and other domestic ephemera, some of which may be all too familiarů

Event postponed

Evening Talk - Ice and Fire

An illustrated talk by Castletown Heritage Society committee members Neil Buchan and Elspet Chapman exploring the different styles and approaches to the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage in the diverse climates and ethnicity of Iceland and Cyprus.

Sat 11 Feb

7.00pm

Traditional Music Workshop - Bothy Night

A traditional skills workshops exploring the social history of the bothy, and in particular the traditional songs and stories of the workers and farm servants who used to inhabit them. Featuring local artists and performers.

See News page for report of this very successful event

Watch this space for confirmed dates and further details, alternatively:

CONTACT US by email or phone 01847 821 204

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